10 glorious Gloucestershire locations to enjoy open-air theatre

Spanning beautiful gardens, unique amphitheatres and rustic barns, this summer pack a picnic and enjoy an alfresco performances at one of the best open-air theatre spots in Gloucestershire.

Shakespeare famously wrote, ‘all the world’s a stage’, and this certainly rings true in Gloucestershire this summer, with open-air theatre events taking place at some of the most picturesque locations across the county.

Boasting outdoor drama, the bard under the stars, and fine family entertainment, SoGlos has handpicked 10 of our favourite places to enjoy an alfresco theatre performance in Gloucestershire.


1. Tuckwell Amphitheatre

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Cheltenham’s annual Open-Air Theatre Festival returns to Bacon Theatre this summer, offering an eclectic programme featuring Shakespearean drama, family shows, and comedy. Taking place in the picturesque Tuckwell Amphitheatre, the impressive line-up includes classic comedy Twelfth Night, children's show Dogs Don't Do Ballet, Alan Bennett's The History Boys, and Jenny Wren's adaptation of The Jungle Book.

For the full programme, see Cheltenham Open-Air Theatre Festival.


2. Sandford Parks Lido


There’s a chance to enjoy a feast of alfresco theatre within the unique setting of Sandford Parks Lido this summer, with a number of entertaining performances for all ages on the cards.

Families can enjoy productions such as The Emperor's New Clothes, whilst Oh Badger Where Art Though, Pride and Predjudice and Shakespeare's classic The Comedy of Errors promise to keep audiences of all ages entertained.


3. Batsford Arboretum


Enjoy some charming outdoor theatre in a beautiful setting, by packing up your picnics and heading to Batsford Arboretum, which provides a picturesque backdrop for alfresco theatre.

This Summer, Jenny Wren Productions’ all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of The Jungle Book promises to delight audiences old and young as it’s brought to life within the natural surroundings.


4. Painswick Rococo Gardens


Painswick Rococo Garden offers an enchanting setting for an outdoor show, boasting striking, historical buildings, pretty woodlands, and glorious views across the countryside. What’s more, with scheduled summer performances spanning children’s classics, Shakespeare, and comedy, there’s something for the whole family.

For more information see Open-air Theatre at Painswick Rococo Garden.


5. Berkeley Castle


The historical setting of Berkeley Castle provides an unbeatable environment for an open-air performance, especially those which evoke the past, as Shakespeare’s stories do. This summer, visitors can roll out a blanket and settle down for comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

For more information see Sumer Shakespeare Season at Berkeley Castle.


6. Cowley Manor

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Jenny Wren Productions will sing and dance its way to Cowley Manor for the return of its ever-popular event, Theatre Under the Stars, offering the chance to enjoy family favourite, The Jungle Book, within Cowley Manor’s stunning setting in the heart of the Cotswolds.


7. Longborough Festival Opera


Longborough Festival Opera’s offers a picture-perfect setting for audiences, boasting an intimate 500-seat theatre nestled in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. Meanwhile, with the 2017 season spanning Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven's Fidelio, Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, audiences are in for a treat.


8. Over Barn

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Local favourites, Rain or Shine Theatre Company, will take to the road with a host of alfresco shows of Twelfth Night this summer, with its anticipated tour set to visit the beautifully rustic Over Barn near Gloucester, promising great entertainment within a characterful setting.


9. Museum in the Park

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Head to Stroud’s pretty Museum in the Park for a day of family fun, followed by an enjoyable performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare’s colourful comedy will be brought to life by The Festival Players in an outdoor production, with audiences able to buy Pimm’s at the museum for a true summer experience.


10. Beechenhurst

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Taking Flight Theatre will perform an innovative adaptation of The Tempest within the beautiful setting of Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean this summer.


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Monday 05 June 2017

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